Camping is one of the most spectacular ways to connect with nature and truly appreciate all the beauty that surrounds you. It can be an incredibly relaxing and stress-free way to vacation, as you are able to avoid the hustle and bustle of busy mega-hotel properties filled with other guests. It also allows you to get out of the city atmosphere and forces everyone to just slow down and disconnect from all the tech gadgets.
Of course, that sounds fine and dandy, but what if you add kids to the mix? Camping with kids isn’t always such as smooth and simple undertaking. Let’s face it: kids don’t always like being away from the comforts and entertainment their home offers. Not to worry as we’ve put together four tips that will help ensure your camping trip with the kids is smooth and enjoyable for all.
Choose a Family-Friendly Campsite
While your first impulse may be to pick that remote campsite that requires half a day’s hike just to reach it, that may not be ideal with kids. Instead, you want to pick something that is family-friendly and is able to walk the line between traditional hotel-style accommodations and a campsite.
Today you can find a variety of campsites that feature all the amenities that keep kids, and therefore parents, happy and entertained while still staying true to the camping lifestyle. It could be simple things like being able to drive right up to your site, making it easy to unpack, large public washroom facilities, hook-ups for grills and BBQs, on-site amenities like a pool, splash pad, or even activities like mini-golf, and plenty of other amenities.
Think of it as an excellent way to ease kids into the camping lifestyle.
Get an Oversized Tent
When it comes to camping with kids, there is no such thing as too big of a tent. No matter how big it may seem, you’ll find a way to use all that space. You may even want to look for one with separate “rooms” in it so the kids can have their own space. Look for one with screened windows that you can leave open to take advantage of airflow while you’re inside.
Also, you will probably want one that allows you to use air mattresses or even the lightweight camping bedframes, rather than throwing a sleeping bag on the hard surface of the tent floor. There’s nothing wrong with keeping everyone comfortable and ensuring a good sleep is possible.
Bring Outdoor Activities with You
It’s also important to recognize the fact that telling the kids to “enjoy the outdoors” won’t be enough to keep them busy and entertained. It’s best to think ahead and bring a selection of outdoor activities with you. Some great activities include board games and card games, outdoor games like lawn darts or horseshoes, water toys if you’re near the water, fishing gear, bikes, badminton, and anything else that the family enjoys.
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Make Exploring Nature Fun
If you’re adamant about the kids truly experiencing and exploring nature, why not make it fun? You could create a list of items they need to find during your camping trip to create a scavenger-like challenge, bring along a couple magnifying glasses and binoculars for better viewing, maybe a wildlife or birding guide to identify any animals you see, and really create an education and fun experience for all.
A Smooth and Enjoyable Camping Vacation with Kids
Each of these tips is designed to help you create a smooth and enjoyable camping vacation with the kids.